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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP8084216, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP2444, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENGLISH AS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge FRANCESCA HELM L-LIN/12

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-LIN/12 English Language and Translation 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Students should already be at B2 level.
Target skills and knowledge: During the course students will acquire an understanding of the relations between language and power and of the historic, political and economic factors that have led towards the spread of English in certain contexts. They will develop a critical awareness of the origins and implications of different conceptualizations of English: for example as a 'global' language, the language of imperialism and of neoliberalism, a 'lingua franca', a lingua accademica and also concepts and policies regarding multilingualism, plurilingualism, linguistic diversity, translanguaging.
As regards the ability to apply knowledge and understanding, students will learn to apply and further develop their linguistic knowledge, intercultural understanding and communication skills in a range of contexts through interactions with fellow students in class and by engaging with a multilingual, online, global community through virtual exchange and critical reflection on these interactions. They will also be able to apply their knowledge and skills in the analysis of and creation of a range of online and offline, spoken and written texts and multimodal products.
Examination methods: The exam consists in a written and oral exam.
The written exam consists of 3 open questions on the course materials, and a reflective paper about the Virtual Exchange students participate in (mandatory for all students, whether they attend lessons or not).
The oral exam consists of a 10-minute presentation on a topic related to the course materials, followed by a short discussion.

Students who attend the course (80% attendance) will have the opportunity to do continuous assessment which will consist in a wikipedia writing project, class presentations, discussions and written assignments.
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated on their
- knowledge and critical understanding of the concepts studied and course content
- the ability to write clearly and cite sources correctly
- presentation skills
- interaction skills (in class and in the virtual exchange)
Course unit contents: The course will address the following themes:
Conceptualisations and critiques of English as a global language
Linguistic diversity, multilingualism and plurilingualism;
Language policies and practices in a range of contexts (supra-national, national, institutional, online);
Language and power, linguistic imperialism and linguicide;
World Englishes;
English as a medium of instruction in higher education both within and outside of Europe and the implications of this;
Resistances to English, and English as a language of resistance;
Language, Internet and Superdiversity;
Languaging and translanguaging;
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: During the course students will follow lectures but most lessons will follow a seminar format, with student presentations of texts they have read and group discussions on the content.
There will be some guest speakers coming to class and/or through video conferencing.
All students (attending or non-attending) will have to take part in a Virtual Exchange project, connecting with students located in other contexts.
During the course there will be a workshop on wikipedia where students will become familiar with the principles and practices of wikipedia, learn to write, edit and translate wikipedia articles, to cite sources correctly. Students will participate in a collaborative wikipedia project on an issue related to language policy and will reflect on the process and critically evaluate the wikipedia project.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Further material will be made available during the course through Moodle.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Piller, Ingrid, Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice. --: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Chapter 1, 2, 7 Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Working in group
  • Action learning
  • Story telling
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review
  • Learning journal
  • Reflective writing
  • Portfolio

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)
  • Camtasia (video editing)
  • wikipedia

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